Saturday, September 18, 2010

homemade granola bars

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When I am on the go, I practically live on granola bars! And when I have time I make a large batch of granola bars that we can grab and go. They are really easy to make, super yummy and end up costing much less than buying them at the grocery store.


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I start with about 2 cups of oats.


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1 cup of sun flower seeds


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and 1 cup of walnuts
and/or any other favorite nuts


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I spread the oats and nuts on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven until they are just a little brown about 10 minutes.


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Remove the oats and nuts from the oven and add 1/3 cup of melted butter.


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About 2/3 cup of honey.


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A pinch of kosher salt.


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1/4 cup of sugar (brown or white)

If you have more time- combine the honey, sugar, salt and butter in a sauce pan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved and then pour into the oats mixture


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2 cups of dried cranberries (cherries, raisins, magos or your favorite fruit).



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Mix everything together.


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Spread onto the bottom of a VERY WELL greased baking dish or sheet


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and press down.


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Bake for 25-30 minutes at 300 degrees.


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Remove from oven and let it cool.


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Cut into squares and store in air tight container.


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I made two batches and the second I chopped up and turned into small granola chunks to use for ice cream and yogurt toppings :)


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25 comments:

  1. Delicious!!!!!!! REally Thank you for all your posts, I follow you regulary :)

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  2. I love granola and I love all your ingredients. I had no idea it was so easy to make. Thanks a million for this delicious, money-saving post.

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  3. Dumb question here: What oven temperature to you use?

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  4. I love granola bars....I eat them every day. I don't know why I never thought about making them myself! Thanks for this delicious money saving recipe!

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  5. These look yummy! I tried your fish with the panko crumbs this evening. It was good!!

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  6. Mmm, I love homemade granola bars. I actually just picked up some Pecans from the store and plan on making a big batch tomorrow.
    I don't know where the recipe is that I usually use so I'll have to give yours a try!

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  7. Thanks! I was just wanting to make some homemade granola bars after eating some a friend made! these look yums!

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  8. Oh. My. YUM. I am not a cook, so I rarely read peoples' recipe posts, but I sure do eat my fair share of granola bars! This recipe is easy and I actually have all of these ingredients- that NEVER happens:)

    Off to make some yummy goodness! Thanks for sharing, Alisa!

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  9. I'm so making these tomorrow!!! Thanks!

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  10. They look delicious! May I ask, were they stiff or chewy?

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  11. Just bookmarked these! Yum!

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  12. I just love your recipes Alisa. Thankyou so much.

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  13. I just love your recipes Alisa. Thankyou so much

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  14. I love granola! These look yummy!!

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  15. This will be my sunday baking experiment! Thanks!

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  16. YUMMMM TFS I can not wait to make these!!!

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  17. This looks SO good! Bookmarking this recipe. Thanks.

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  18. Mmmmm...looks delicious!!!

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  19. whyducks7:43 AM

    mmmm sounds good

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  20. Thank you, thank you! Your timing is perfect as usual. I haven't come across any recipes that actually looked humanly possible and yummy at the same time...until now. I'd love to get away from the expense and processed store-bought kind.

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  21. i have to buy supplies for that tonight. they look yummy!

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  22. Oven temp, please, for those of us new to making our own granola? Thanks.

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  23. Thanks for the tutorial... those look delicious!

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  24. yum! just made this....I added about 14 c. peanut butter for a twist!
    Thanks....

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